Understanding government intelligence on other countries

Daily Maverick Associate Editor J Brooks Spector described on #NightTalk with Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, the unlikelihood of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to give out intelligence details.

The CIA has not confirmed anything

Responding to claims that a former CIA spy gave the tip-off which led to Nelson Mandela's arrest in 1962, Spector says the CIA has not confirmed any of these details.

Reports have recently emerged claiming that Donald Rickard, a former CIA spy who passed away in March this year, told apartheid police how to find Mandela, as he viewed him as a toy of the communists.

A UK academic exercise

Spector also said that a report from the Vice about a British Ministry of Defence report about how to keep South Africa's ruling party in power in the next election, is most likely to have been an academic exercise.

Spector says it is common for mid-career officers in defence to undergo academic exercises in which political, social, economic or intellectual scenarios governments might face are researched.

Listen to the conversation below:

There had been rumours that this was true or partially true for a really long time

J Brooks Spector, Associate Editor at The Daily Maverick

The CIA has not confirmed anything

J Brooks Spector, Associate Editor at The Daily Maverick

They (CIA) don't like to give stuff out. That is not their style. Secret agencies don't do that anymore

J Brooks Spector, Associate Editor at The Daily Maverick

Historically, back in the 1920s, the American military had a plan for what happens when the United States and Britain go to war. You wouldn't think that was an eventuality, but they had a plan on how to deal with it

J Brooks Spector, Associate Editor at The Daily Maverick

Every embassy has officials and officers whose jobs it is to understand the place - your job is to understand the country economically or politically, socially, culturally and intellectually

J Brooks Spector, Associate Editor at The Daily Maverick
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